Oh, Ouch! The 2019 Pig Book Just Came Out

 

 

By Sigrid Weidenweber

Yes, Ouch—for the outlook is grim. However, I am pleased that there is someone out there keeping an eye on Washington’s Piggery. Last year, too, I wrote about the waste of taxpayer money. I believe we need to know the results presented by the committee that keeps an eye on waste, and reports on reckless spending, duplication of agencies and just plain fraud. It is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with one million members and supporters nationwide. The name, Citizens Against Government Waste, (CAGW) is hopefully familiar to you. (By the way, the CAGW-people have a wicked sense of humor. The title page of their publication shows a weighty porker, sectioned off in delectable cuts. Their phone number is 1-800-USA-DEBT, their-mail address is [email protected].)

With this introduction, I give you the “Prime Cuts Summary of October 2019.”

CAGW’s introductory statement is the following dire summation. The 2019 Congressional Budget Office (BO) projected a deficit of $960 billions for the fiscal year (FY) of 2019. To help contain this disaster, (CAGW) recommends in its 2019 version of the Pig Book 620 tax cuts that could save tax-payers $433.8 billion in the first year of implementation, and 3.9 trillion over five years.

Some agencies should be eliminated, as for example the Rural Utility Service. It is a prime example for the adage that a government entity never dies—it just metamorphoses into another entity. Thus, the rural Utility Service, established in 1935 to electrify America’s rural communities, rather than being abolished upon completion of the task, became the Rural Utility Service (RUS), providing loans, grants, telephone and broadband service. One of their projects gave $667,120 to Buford Communications of LaGrange, Arkansas, (population 122) to build a hybrid fiber coaxial network and a new community center. This largess amounted to a gift of $5,468 to every resident of LaGrange.

Well, this only one small example but you get the drift of the precious morsels of piggery contained in Prime Cuts.  Controlling improper Medicare Payments could save over five years $18.1 billion. Divesting the Tennessee Valley Authority Transmission Assets could yield a five-year savings of $ 4.9 billion. I could go on and on. The PIG book has 59 pages; therefore, I recommend that you get you get your own copy. You can contact CAGW as indicated above or write to the following address and perhaps send them a check to defray research and printing costs.

1100 Connecticut Ave, N. W. Suite 650

Washington, D.C. 20036

Last year, too, I wrote about the waste of taxpayer money. I believe we need to know the results presented by the committee that keeps an eye on waste, and reports on reckless spending, duplication of agencies and just plain fraud. It is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with one million members and supporters nationwide. The name, Citizens Against Government Waste, (CAGW) is hopefully familiar to you. (By the way, the CAGW-people have a wicked sense of humor. The title page of their publication shows a weighty porker, sectioned off in delectable cuts. Their phone number is 1-800-USA-DEBT, their-mail address is [email protected].)

With this introduction, I give you the “Prime Cuts Summary of October 2019.”

CAGW’s introductory statement is the following dire summation. The 2019 Congressional Budget Office (BO) projected a deficit of $960 billions for the fiscal year (FY)

of 2019. To help contain this disaster, (CAGW) recommends in its 2019 version of the Pig Book 620 tax cuts that could save tax-payers $433.8 billion in the first year of implementation, and 3.9 trillion over five years.

Some agencies should be eliminated, as for example the Rural Utility Service. It is a prime example for the adage that a government entity never dies—it just metamorphoses into another entity. Thus, the rural Utility Service, established in 1935 to electrify America’s rural communities, rather than being abolished upon completion of the task, became the Rural Utility Service (RUS), providing loans, grants, telephone and broadband service. One of their projects gave $667,120 to Buford Communications of LaGrange, Arkansas, (population 122) to build a hybrid fiber coaxial network and a new community center. This largess amounted to a gift of $5,468 to every resident of LaGrange.

Well, this only one small example but you get the drift of the precious morsels of piggery contained in Prime Cuts.  Controlling improper Medicare Payments could save over five years $18.1 billion. Divesting the Tennessee Valley Authority Transmission Assets could yield a five-year savings of $ 4.9 billion. I could go on and on. The PIG book has 59 pages; therefore, I recommend that you get you get your own copy. You can contact CAGW as indicated above or write to the following address and perhaps send them a check to defray research and printing costs.

1100 Connecticut Ave, N. W. Suite 650

Washington, D.C. 20036

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.


 Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on Amazon.com


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